TMBA262: How to Make Your First $1,000 Online post image

With over 260 episodes, some of our listeners have been asking us which episodes of our show are the best to share with people who want to learn more about the location independent lifestyle. We thought this posed a pretty interesting challenge, and we've decided to create a five part series that people can download to get an overall sense of what the location independent startup community is all about. On this first episode in the series, we are going to be going over five key points on how to make your first $1000 online.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 09.18.14
TMBA261: Systematize Your Selling post image

On last week's episode, our good friend Taylor Pearson mentioned that one of the most universally fundamental traits that all successful entrepreneurs have is sales skills. We're gonna be talking about how to build that skill set so you can get your first 100 customers. We are also answering a bunch of listener questions about fighting the Amazon beast, how to get the most out of events, and our thoughts on visiting the U.S. after an extended time abroad.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 09.11.14
TMBA260: The Long Road to Mid 5-Figure Months post image

We put Taylor Pearson in charge of our Portable Bar company in its infancy, and he helped us grow our business 527% in the first 18 months, to the point where we are consistently having healthy mid 5-figure months. This week, Bossman is back and we are chatting with Taylor about what it's like to evolve from a small business that is just keeping the lights on to a real significant source of wealth. We're talking about the old-school tactics we used to grow our business, and how we have used the advice that we give in this show in real life situations.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 09.04.14
TMBA259: What Does Google Know About Us? post image

As entrepreneurs, Google has really become a huge part of a lot of our everyday lives. The privacy concerns that have come to light over the last few years are legitimate, and way we think about our internet use is changing. Gabriel Weinberg is the Founder of DuckDuckGo, a search engine that is steadily gaining market share by offering real privacy. He is also an angel investor, and has taken investments from some of the most successful venture capitalists in the world. This week, Gabriel and are going to be talking about what privacy means today and what Google knows about us, along with some really unique strategies for startups.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 08.28.14
Start Your Digital Nomad Journey Today (By Responding to This Post) post image

If you aren't familiar with the Tropical MBA, our articles are mostly advice and stories to and from established location independent entrepreneurs. Historically, however, some of our most popular posts have been job offers. These gigs have been used by everybody from college dropouts...

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By: DanPublished on 08.26.14
TMBA258:  ​Living, Working, and Adventuring in South East Asia post image

This week I was lucky enough to catch up with Stuart McDonald, the founder of Travelfish, which one of the most respected sites on the web for South East Asia travel information. If you peak over the shoulder of a random backpacker in Bangkok cafes, expect to see a "TravelFish" URL along with Facebook blue.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 08.21.14
An Ode to the Accidental Workplace post image

I was not expecting it, but when I first moved to Asia I found that you could walk into a broad range of establishments--- restaurants, pubs, resorts, hotels, guesthouses— first thing in the morning, spread all your stuff out, and start...

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By: DanPublished on 08.19.14
TMBA257: Thoughts On Recruiting Effective Affiliates post image

Bossman is back this week and we are talking about affiliate relationships. How do you get others to promote your products? We'll talk about how to "write the religion" and give potential content publishers a reason to tap into your narrative. We also field several listener questions, including what to look for when hiring your first employee, and the ins and outs of establishing business credit.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 08.14.14
TMBA256: Making Sense of Awards Points and Business Class Upgrades post image

Bossman is on vacation this week, so I've invited my friend Erik Paquet from Abroaders.com on to the show to talk all about mileage, point redemption, how to fly business class as often as possible and much more. In the Dynamite Circle, Erik is widely regarded as the go-to guy for travel hacking. We are also going to be discussing how he has been able to use his unique set of skills to launch a productized service business.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 08.07.14
From Below the Blog – A Five Year Retrospective post image

This blog (formerly the “Lifestyle Business Podcast”) was started five years ago.  After four or five false starts, I meekly published an episode about the process we used to identify our first valet parking product. To this day, I get...

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By: DanPublished on 08.05.14